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Intel’s Raptor Lake Refresh: What to Expect on the Desktop Front

Intel 13th-generation 13600K
An Intel 13th-generation 13600K. Jacob Roach / ENBLE

Intel is gearing up to release its Raptor Lake refresh, the 13th generation of its desktop CPUs. While there’s plenty of anticipation surrounding the launch, a recent leak suggests that the refresh might not offer significant upgrades on the desktop front[^1^]. Let’s delve deeper into what we know and what to expect from Intel’s upcoming range.

Subtle Performance Boosts

A leaked YouTube video by MSI briefly showcased the upcoming Intel 700 motherboards and provided a glimpse of the top chips from the Raptor Lake refresh[^2^]. According to the leaked slide, the new chips, including the Core i5-14600K, Core i7-14700K, and Core i9-14900K, are only about 3% faster than their previous-gen counterparts[^2^]. This isn’t particularly surprising, considering that the new chips are built on the same Intel 7 (10nm) manufacturing process and don’t feature any changes to core counts[^2^]. However, the Core i7-14700K is an exception, as it reportedly boasts 12 Efficiency cores instead of the previous eight, resulting in approximately 17% faster multi-threaded performance[^2^].

Other Areas of Improvement

Intel seems to be focusing on other areas to enhance performance. One slide from the presentation highlighted an increased L3 cache on the CPUs, likely in response to competitors like AMD’s Ryzen 7 7800X3D[^2^]. Additionally, the Raptor Lake refresh is expected to offer support for higher-frequency DDR5 memory, which is anticipated to contribute to overall performance gains[^2^]. It’s worth noting that the Raptor Lake refresh is set to use the LGA 1700 socket, just like its predecessors, 12th-gen Alder Lake and 13th-gen Raptor Lake[^2^].

Mixed Expectations

Unfortunately, it’s not the first time we’ve heard about underwhelming performance gains from Intel’s upcoming desktop CPUs. ASRock previously leaked that there would be between a 4% and 8% single-core improvement, along with an 8% to 15% multi-core improvement[^2^]. While this outlook is more optimistic, it still falls short of enthusiast expectations. Another leaker in July suggested that Intel would stick with the same quad-core configuration for its i3 chips, missing an opportunity for a competitive edge[^2^].

Waiting for Official Details

As with any leaks and rumors, it’s important to take these details with a grain of salt. We can expect Intel to provide official details about the Raptor Lake refresh during Intel Innovation 2023 on September 19[^2^]. In just a short while, the curtain will be lifted, and we’ll have a clearer understanding of what Intel’s desktop CPUs have in store for us.

In conclusion, while the leaked information hints at modest performance gains for Intel’s Raptor Lake refresh, it’s crucial to remember that these are just rumors. Intel will soon reveal the official details, and we can expect further clarity on the features and capabilities of the new CPUs. Stay tuned for Intel Innovation 2023 for the true scoop.